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Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 6:25 am
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Tim Tebow criticism, at times, gets out of control. When the media piles on, it’s kind of expected, but when Tebow is so bad, that his opponents outright mock him during the game (as seen by Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch Tebowing Tebow after Tulloch sacked Tebow on Sunday), it’s clearly time to think about pulling back.

Tulloch

But if you were in the Lions locker room following Detroit’s 45-10 pounding of Denver, the criticism wasn’t close to ending. In fact, it was rather harsh.

“Can you believe ‘15’?” one Detroit Lions defender told Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver. “Come on -- that’s embarrassing. I mean, it’s a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn’t do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, ‘Come on -- that’s your quarterback? Seriously?’”

Which, frankly, is some stunning disrespect. While we try to criticize Tebow in a way that’s playful -- I certainly don’t have anything against the man, and I think his character and goodwill are a credit to the NFL -- we try not to be outright mean. That anonymous Lions player was outright mean.

Tebow's Progress
Look, it’s not like this is all Tebow’s fault. Kyle Orton couldn’t win with this bunch either, and Tebow’s skill set clearly isn’t strong enough to make him competent as an NFL quarterback. We don’t know if it will ever be good enough. But since he’s the only Broncos quarterback with a contract that extends beyond the end of this season, John Elway and John Fox wanted to see what he could do on the football field. The coaching staff is the one that’s playing him, whether it's deserved or not.

Clearly, he’s not ready. Clearly, that’s not all his fault. But the criticism continues, and considering he’s on a $9.7125 million contract, he’s ripe for it. But not all of it is fair.

Why, though, such vitriol from his fellow players? Well, Silver has a theory.
However -- and this is a big however -- there’s a glaring disconnect between many fans’ assessment of Tebow’s status as a wholesome winner and the way many NFL players process his presence. To some, the notion that Tebow somehow pushes harder or taps into a higher power than they do is insulting. The NFL is full of maniacally driven grinders who’ve overcome incredible odds to reach the pinnacle of their profession, and many of them are clean-living and well-mannered, too.

While few NFL players seem to have a problem with Tebow on a personal level, I know plenty who are put off by the mythology and the holier-than-thou fan base that lionizes his every accomplishment and perceives negative depictions of his ability through a persecution-complex-tinted prism.

Silver makes a good point, and with the way Tulloch and Lions tight end Tony Scheffler, who mocked the Tebowing phenomena by posing after a touchdown catch, mocked him, that hypothesis can’t be off base.

Yet, it’s unfortunate that his players have to be so mean. After all, most of them haven’t faced the kind of national criticism and ridicule Tebow is currently experiencing. It’s just too bad that Tebow’s grace has been turned against him.

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Comments

Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:14 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

"and I think his character and goodwill are a credit to the NFL" -

I'm a nice person with good character, but that doesn't mean I should be paid millions to play in the NFL.  Tebow is a joke, we all knew that he would suck at the NFL level, and the ONLY reason he is in the NFL is because he's a good Christian.  Tebow couldn't earn a roster spot on a CFL team, let alone an NFL team.  Denver do yourselves a favor, and cut him now, NO team in the NFL would trade even a 7th round pick for him.



Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Not so much Tebow as much as a crappy coach in Fox..



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

What did Cam Newton walk into besides Steve Smith.  That team was terrible last year and he is putting up #'s and keeping them in games.  The Bengals were a joke last year and Andy Dalton has them at 5-2.  Christian Ponder looks pretty good with the Vikings that were hapless last year and looked bad with McNabb at the helm.  Tebow is never going to be the answer.  He will never even be a quality back-up.  His work ethic is nice, but that doesn't make you win.  Look at Adam Pac Man Jones (low life) out of football for 2 years, no work ethic and comes back and returns 1st punt for 60+ yards.  You can't beat natural God-given talent with "hard work".  The good old college try won't be enough.  Make him a fullback or a tight end and he could be an everyday player.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:56 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Don't mind the hapless Lions. Their head coach has no class so why is it suprising that his players have no class either? As they say...winning doesn't make you classy. You either are or you aren't. Don't worry. The Lions will get what they deserve...just like what the Patriots got from the Steelers. Cheaters and lowlifes never go far in life. That's for certain. Oh wait..Steve Jobs died a marytr while he treated his Apple co-founders and everyone so badly...how does that happen? The Apple fanboys only care about cool Apple products. If it's being created by a monkey they would worship the monkey as much as they worshipped Jobs. That's both funny and sad. But hey..when you have no life and can spend all your money on overpriced Apple gear...go for it!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

This thread started out as a pretty interesting discussion about the Tebow phenomena but seems to have degenerated to a collection of pro and con religeous zealots, rascists (my guess is both black and white), football insider wanna-be's and folks that think if they yell loud enough, it will validate their opinions.

For the long suffering Detroit fans,  good for you.  It's about time, but success doesn't excuse classless behavior.

For the Tebow "haters",  it's not his fault someone offered him a pile of money to go to Denver    I'd have taken it and so would you.
No one knows the end of this story...it's probably going to surprise some folks one way or the other.  Anyone that thinks they know what's going to happen is whistling in the dark.  The harder you argue you've got the goods, the more wrong you probably are.  Time will tell.

For the Tebow "lovers", I don't think God sent him to Denver to bring divine intervention into play in the NFL.  He's just a great college football player (Heisman and National Championship) trying to move on to the next level.

For myself. I wish him success.  I've followed his career from the start.  I'm not a believer and was suspicious of the way he wore his religion. on his sleeve.  I've come to conclude that "what you see is what you get".  It's not publicity seeking hype.  He practices what he preaches.

Time to put my attention where it belongs....Monday Night Football.



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

You poor Bronco Fans .... You honestly believed St. Timmy was going to take you to the promise land !! NOT ! Hey, somewhere down the road he may be a half way decent quarterback but I don't see the light at the end of that tunnel....yet.


Hes a man not a saint! And Denver has to many holes on the team right now, you could play a healthy Peyton ,Brady,Breess and any other NFL QB for a quarter each and the Broncos would still get beat most weeks. Not enough tools in the drawer to make  this projec(tIE BRONCOS) work yet.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much


  CBS is also guilty of this hate by having this heavenly computer animation of Jesus Tebow. 
 

 




Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Did you all not get the point made by the article?

I'll paste the perfect point Silver makes....

 However -- and this is a big however -- there’s a glaring disconnect between many fans’ assessment of Tebow’s status as a wholesome winner and the way many NFL players process his presence. To some, the notion that Tebow somehow pushes harder or taps into a higher power than they do is insulting. The NFL is full of maniacally driven grinders who’ve overcome incredible odds to reach the pinnacle of their profession, and many of them are clean-living and well-mannered, too.

While few NFL players seem to have a problem with Tebow on a personal level, I know plenty who are put off by the mythology and the holier-than-thou fan base that lionizes his every accomplishment and perceives negative depictions of his ability through a persecution-complex-tinted prism.

You see all NFL players have been winners in high school and college.....most have heart wrenching stories like Jimmy Graham, Deon Sanders, and Shannon Sharpe to name a few. Most have deep religious views as we see many praying together after a game or when someone gets hurt. 

The problem is that Tebow's fans and to some extent media has bestowed Tebow as if he and he alone monopolizes "faith" and to attack him is an attack on God. We must all put aside his lack of quarterback skills because he believes in God.

I believe in God but know that although I can thank him for my life, God does not care if I win a game, play a good round of golf or shoot over 50% from the field in basketball.

I also hate the fact that people say " Well he was a winner all his life and in college so he can lead despite his lack of skills". Well Reggie Bush was also very successfull all his life and in college with National Championships and Heisman Trophy but is he a real starting running back. New Orleans didn't think so, Miami doesn't and neither does the other 30 teams.....Oh wait, does Reggie believe in God? Then let's all forget his ability and let him run the ball ahead of better more deserving backs (sarcasm) 



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

The Broncos don't have a runningback, wide reciever or a tight end ranked in the top 20 in the league. There are ZERO playmakers in Denver. I really don't think any QB could win on this team. I would be willing to bet if you traded Tebow for Brady today that Tebow would win more games in New England than Brady would in Denver. Now Tebow wouldn't win more in New England than Brady would, so don't act stupid and say that I said Tebow is better than Brady. Then throw in a below average defense and a below average coach, Tebow has the deck of cards stacked against him. Tebow will never be a 400 yard passer game in and game out. He will be a good (better than average) QB in the NFL if he is in a good situation. Denver isn't a good situation for anyone.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Tebow criticism getting to be too much

Look it up guys, john elway and his first season, started 11 games, completion percentage was 47%, twice as many interceptions as td's (7td-14int), and a qb rating of 54.9......and this is from a guy who refused to play for the team that drafted him. i don't recall half the cricticism that tebow is getting after just 5 games. give the kid a chance for cryin out loud. if you want to criticize something, how about the denver defense....or better yet the play calling. just like the unjustified criticism that warren moon and doug flutie got before they were given a chance, tebow will learn and he will be good. go tebow!
Part of the problem is so many people are looking for Tebow to be a good QB,  but all they have seen so far is a subpar QB.  The only way Tebow to get people off his back if he show good progress from week to week, otherwise he won't be Denver starter for long.


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